"There are elections in America now. Along came a black citizen of Kenyan African origins, a Muslim, who had studied in an Islamic school in Indonesia."
Col. Mu’ammar Al-Qadhafi, June 11th, 2008
Takes one to know one, right? Heh-heh. Well, let's not so glibly dismiss this assertion by the leader of Libya when we can examine what Obama has said and what actions he has performed in order to form a hypothesis as to what religious beliefs Obama adheres to, if any.
Earlier this week, a Pew poll came out indicating that 18% of Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim. Not to be outdone, another pole by TIME magazine put out this past week indicates that the actual percentage of Americans that believe that Obama is a Muslim is closer to 24%. The second (TIME) poll was conducted after the president weighed in with his support of the Ground Zero Victory Hamasque in lower Manhattan, 2 blocks away from where the World Trade Center once was. (NOTE: To get an idea of how eerily close the Hamasque supporters want to set up camp next to Ground Zero, this link provides an aerial photo that really puts it into perspective).
This polling data caused White House spokeman Bill Burton to state 2 days ago that "The president is obviously a Christian. He prays everyday." I don't know about you, but I was never under the impression that the act of prayer was something that fell exclusively within the realm of Christianity.
Rush Limbaugh chimed in on his daily radio program and offered up his take on the statements by Burton...
They're going to great lengths. But he's not "obviously" a Christian. We have to take that on (ahem) faith, if I may use the word. We have to accept his Christianity on faith, to believe that he's telling us the truth because his Christianity is not obvious by any intellectually coherent definition of the word. (interruption) Well, no... The reason why some people are confused is Obama has spent 20 years listening to a racist, bigoted preacher who has a special place in his heart for the Nation of Islam who used to be a Muslim. It's not obvious, Mr. Burton, that your guy is a Christian."
- Does anyone else here remember Nicholas Kristof's 2007 interview with then candidate Obama in which "Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
- And who could forget the 2008 interview with George Stephanopoulis in which Obama openly referred to his "Muslim faith"?
- Additionally, we can recall how NASA director Charles Bolden was told by Obama that "he wanted to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering." and thus we are left to puzzle over how such a self-esteem project geared toward a particular religion would be viewed by the Left if such efforts were trying to uplift Christianity or any other religion for that matter.
- Throwing more gasoline onto the speculative fires was writer Jack Cashill's article this past week in which he informs us "“Barry was a Muslim,” his (Obama's) third grade teacher told the Los Angeles Times in 2007, but this was a rare acknowledgement by the media. In general, they approached the subject in damage control mode."
All of this evidence begins to pile up quite quickly and it seems not only quite reasonable to wonder what Obama's beliefs are but to examine if they could be anything BUT Islamic in nature. Not that that in and of itself would necessarily be a bad thing. It would just reflect upon the perceived honesty of a man who, it seems, might embrace anything from the non-theistic belief system of his parents to liberal Christianity to Islam in order to proffer up the image that he thinks provides him with the best political leverage in whatever situation he so happens to find himself in.
"The American President told me in confidence that he is a Muslim,"
Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, April 2010